Friday, December 21, 2012

Dec. 21: Istanbul Snow-pocalypse!

So it's December 21. The great changeover was supposedly scheduled to happen at 1:11pm our time, at the winter solstice, and we just passed that about 20 minutes ago -- and we're still here. Hooray!

Instead of fireballs and lightning bolts, our gift from the heavens was a massive snowstorm yesterday. Forget Nostradamus and Punxsutawney Phil -- apparently the real prognosticator was Robert Frost. How apropo is his poem "Fire and Ice"?

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Yesterday's all-day snow totally snarled up the traffic for everyone's commute home, and some metro entrances were temporarily closed because there were so many people trying to get in, but today, most everyone is staying home from school and work. Is it a sign that this new era will be a good one? :)

Our kitty, Ozzy, also got to enjoy his first snow. He wasn't so keen on going outside yesterday when the snow was blowing all around, but he was excited to wander around for a bit today.

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